Category: Primary

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Alabama officer killed, suspect found dead after standoff

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An hourslong standoff in Alabama ended with both the suspect and a police officer dead. Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste told news outlets early Wednesday that Officer Justin Billa was shot Tuesday night and succumbed to his injuries at a hospital. Earlier Tuesday evening, officers responding to a report of a...

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Senate approves budget with prison funding boost

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama prison system would get a $51 million funding increase in October, under a budget approved Tuesday by the Alabama Senate, as the state attempts to comply with a federal court order to improve mental health care to inmates. Senators voted 26-2 for the proposed general...

In their own words: candidates make their pitch in Butler County
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In their own words: candidates make their pitch in Butler County

As Butler County GOP Chairman Cleve Poole put it, Greenville was “the place to be” last night. The Butler County Republican Party hosted a candidate forum Tuesday night inviting those running for statewide office and Congress to address the local GOP faithful and visit with them one-on-one. Not all candidates could make it, but it...

Trump urges ban on gun devices like bump stocks
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Trump urges ban on gun devices like bump stocks

By CATHERINE LUCEY and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he has signed a memo directing the Justice Department to propose regulations to “ban all devices” like the rapid-fire bump stocks involved in last year’s Las Vegas massacre. Seeking to show action days after a deadly school shooting in...

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Daily News Digest – February 20, 2018

Good morning! It is February 20th and my car is completely covered in pollen. Here’s to the impending allergy bonanza. Here is your Daily News Digest.  1. Legislature is back The Legislature returns today for the 13th day of the 2018 Regular Session. Here is what to expect in both chambers… Senate The General Fund budget will be on floor today in...

Guns, school safety rile Lt. Governor race
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Guns, school safety rile Lt. Governor race

By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News It’s getting a little chippy in the race for Alabama Lt. Governor as the leading candidates respond to the gun and school safety issues. After the tragic massacre last week that saw 17 students shot and killed at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the national political debate has been...

For Republicans, a turning point on identity, direction
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For Republicans, a turning point on identity, direction

By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News Don’t misinterpret Democratic Senator Doug Jones’s recent election win as a paradigm shift in Alabama politics. The Republican Party still holds sway in the state: all statewide constitutional offices are held by Republicans; all nine Supreme Court justices are Republicans; and both chambers of the state legislature are ruled...

Cool Statehouse Race Infographics from Paul Shashy, BIG Communications
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Cool Statehouse Race Infographics from Paul Shashy, BIG Communications

Paul Shashy over at BIG Communications Public Affairs put together some good looking infographics showing the how the House and Senate races breakdown in terms of incumbents, open seats and qualified candidates. If you are interested in products like this, give Paul a shout at Shashy@bigcom.com. Click on the images to open the infographic. House breakdown...

Daily News Digest – February 19, 2018
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Daily News Digest – February 19, 2018

Good morning and Happy President’s Day! Who is your favorite president in history? Favorite living president? Fiercest military commander-turned POTUS? Tell me in this fun online poll. Here is your Daily News Digest for Monday, February 19.  1. Big day in Mobile It’s going to be a busy day for politics and media in Mobile. Gov. Kay Ivey continues her campaign rollout there...